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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new Hannibal project

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HANNIBAL (WGEM) -- A family in Hannibal will soon have a place to call home after Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity partnered with 2x4's for Hope to break ground at the site of their next building project Sunday.

2x4's for Hope also donated 294 2x4's as COVID-19 has caused a nationwide lumber shortage.

Organizers said their goal is to not just build homes but build communities of empowered individuals.

"Habitat for Humanity doesn't just give folks anything," Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity President Brad Kurz said. "What we do is help them get started so she will purchase this home at cost from Habitat for a zero interest loan."

Recipient and mother of three Sabrina Abbey said it's just what her family needs.

"The apartment, those come and go, but I'm excited to actually have a home for my children," she said. "It's great."

Kurz said they're looking to complete Abbey's home by the winter.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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